TRIGGER FINGER RELEASE
Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when one of the tendons responsible for bending a finger or the thumb develops a thickening, known as a nodule, and inflammation in the tendon sheath. The thickened tendon and inflamed sheath can prevent smooth gliding during motion, resulting in a popping or catching sensation while attempting to extend the finger from the palm.
The name trigger finger stems from the observation that the bent finger may suddenly release, similar to the trigger motion when firing a gun in which the pulled trigger tightens and suddenly releases right before firing. In severe cases, the finger may lock in a bent position and remain stuck in the palm despite attempts at straightening the finger. In some people, the finger becomes stuck firmly and requires using the opposite hand to straighten it.
Trigger finger is a common hand condition among adults between 40 and 60 years of age and repetitive gripping and grasping is often the underlying cause of the condition. While the condition can occur throughout the day, it is often worse in the morning. Trigger finger occurs more frequently in women than men and in patients with diabetes, gout, kidney disease, and rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
3. Which type of repair will you perform and why is it the appropriate procedure for my condition?
4. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
5. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after surgery? When should they be removed?
6. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
7. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
8. Will I need to come back for appointments after the surgery?
9. Will I have scars? Are the results permanent?
10. Will I need physical therapy?